hello,i have seen many instructables on what you can do with zippos,but i have not seen a comp-lete guide where the author lists what you should and shouldn't do with a zippo lighter.

please excuse the lack of pictures,but i will post them if i feel they are needed.

Step 1: The history of the zippo lighter

George G. Blaisdell invented the Zippo lighter in 1932, and got his idea after discovering a large and bulky Austrian made pocket lighter. Blaisdell was an oil engineer who saw a audience for a good looking lighter that would function even in windy conditions. He produced the first Zippo lighter in Bradford, Pennsylvania.he called it the ZIPPO because he liked the sound of the word "ZIPPER"

Zippos are classified as windproof lighters, and are are able to remain lighted in almost any wind situation. They were common in the United States armed forces, particularly in the second world war standard silver Zippo a military zippo lighter was standard gear for all men in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. During that period, all Zippo lighters produced went to the Allied war effort. In fact, during the conflict, since brass was needed for weapon systems, the interiors of zippos were primarily stainless steel. Following the war, Zippo reverted to the traditional brass design.

Additionally, Zippo lighters are known for the lifetime guaranty they carry: if a Zippo breaks down, no matter how old, the company will replace or repair the lighter for free.

Approx. 200,000 Zippo lighters were owned by U.S. military personnel in the Vietnam War. In one instance, a Zippo lighter transported in a shirt pocket blocked a bullet from going in a soldiers body.

these are the facts i have read from various websites. now while i did copy and paste,I ALSO READ THEM AS THOUROUGHLY(spelling?) as possible.I have confirmed their accuracy,but feel free to comment otherwise.
<p>How long does the fuel in the zippo last when I put it in? I put some in and got it to light, but like a couple days after it wouldn't light anymore. Also, I have an odd Zippo. The flint is held in place with a pin, not a screw. And it seems like the kind that if I pull it off it won't go back on.</p>
Seems pretty complete. As a long time Zippo user I'll share that Zippo branded fuel is better than most (better meaning, easy lighting with one strike) &amp; long lasting (it takes 4-5days to evaporate unused in pocket) changing fuel to Coleman branded Naphtha lasts more than 15days, and burns hotter. It is cheaper and less.. Scented.
My father has a zippo lighter from Vietnam and the bullet went right through the lighter killing a north Vietnamese solder dead in his tracks!! I'm looking at the lighter right now as we speak! This one did not stop the bullet! The guy that had this one in his shirt pocket is planted in the ground dead! It's a pretty nasty hole right through the center of the lighter and my father assured me the man that was carrying this particular lighter is dead as a door nail! Lol
It's entirely possible that a Zippo could stop a bullet, but that depends on various factors, including range, obstructions prior to the bullet reaching its target, and, most notably, how powerful ththround/gun is. I'm quite certain a Zippo couldn't stop round from an m16 but stopping round from a .22lr is certainly believeable.
Even a .22 slug can punch a hole through the zippo but you do have a point for the variables.
<p>The Zippo stopped the bullet, but ignited the fluid and the man burned to death.</p>
<p>it also depends on the type of bullet</p>
<p>In the original story, the Zippo stopped the bullet, but ignited the fluid and the soldier burned to death!</p>
I wouldn't keep that lighter if I were you. It belonged to someone that your father killed. When someone is killed under false pretenses (ex. war), the emotions run ramped and the soul is so strongly linked with emotions. That is to say, it is probably quite cursed and will bring you and your bloodline into horrible downfalls. I'm not instructing, I'm warning. Parts of the murdered man's rage could quite possibly be withheld in the lighter. Don't be so proud of something that was a prize for murder. It may already be too late for your soul; eternal hell and suffering may already be bestowed upon you. When you laugh at death, death's sinister grin awaits to be opened to devour your soul. <br>Bless.
<p>I don't believe in your theory but I don't have any negative attitudes towards religious people because those in my life have rather been cool fruitcake type of dudes. Thats that.. but how do you theorize about the fact that.. The NV guy shouldn't have had the zippo in the first place. He probably got that from a marine. So, maybe the marines afterlife rage helped to get the NV guy the bullet? But then it did help mr. Vanderbergs father didn't it? Maybe it still continues to? I was actually searching for a way to make my Zippo blu to ignite smoother(roll smoother), like the petrol ones I have tried. It's actually igniting much better now when I switched from Ronson to Unilite something.. I don't know if it is even Butane, because it only says universal feuerzeug gas but I don't care since it lights better and I don't think I have any overheating problems given that the butane flame is 1300c anyway.</p>
So. Good I refound the thread. Did I say something good about the unilite gas? Well, after a couple of refills the micture got so airy that you could extinguish flames with the zippo.. it doesn't clog like ronsons but... I hate that I just can't find any good butane around here. I wouldn't really mind to pay 50% or even 100% more than the 2.50&euro; that I paid for a can.
Have to add that, yes I do the airing occasionally. In fact I did it each time I filled with the unilite but it doesn't seem to help.
<p>Ummm... lol i guess?</p>
<p>Wow. People like you are real. I thought that was just some kind of Hollywood thing.</p>
<p>cool story bro</p>
<p>I'd like someone to please answer me this, how do I stop the lighter fluid from evaporating in zippo and peanut style lighters? I am not a smoker but I do believe in being prepared so recently I purchased and filled a few peanut and zippo lighters to keep in my car/go &amp; get home bags. But after less than two weeks time they have all gone empty with absolutely no use. However the bic that I found on the ground and threw in my bag 5 years ago still lights every time. So could someone please tell me the point of carrying a high maintenance unreliable item for something as important as starting a fire? Or if I'm doing something wrong please advise. </p>
Simply no fluid until you want to use it, if it didn't evaporate it wouldn't be flammable. Also I have never had a problem with non Zippo flints, just non-Zippo fluid. R-Sonic in a yellow can is by far the worst I have ever tried. Methanol from home distillation works a treat but unfortunately evaporates way to quickly.
<p> Keep the lighter empty and keep a small can of fluid to fill it when you need it. Then you always got fuel to start a fire quickly &amp; easily! I've done this for years..</p>
<p>A Zippo is NOT a good choice for an emergency lighter, for exactly the reason you stated.<br>Whoever said that it was,...lied.<br>They are very reliable on a daily basis and will last for years.<br>But they are not an emergency lighter.<br><br>Get a BIC.</p>
<p>Get about a half inch to 2 inches of road-bicycle inner-tube and slip it over the Zippo, so it covers where the lid meets the body. Makes it very water-resistant too.</p>
<p>Interesting. How long does the fuel last if you do this? I have probably 10 different zippos laying around the house (was a smoker for 20 years, and everyone thought they were a great gift). I would find myself running out of fuel so often, I just quit carrying them all together. Plus, when they are overfilled and leak into your pocket, that mild burning sensation directly next to your neithers is never fun. </p>
<p>I believe Zippo's are intended to be used daily. They're reliable because of their mechanical simplicity and serviceable design. If you're looking for occasional use a disposable sealed butane lighter like you spoke of would be better.</p>
<p>If u need fire, go with Bic. Zippo is just a fancy item. You can always manage with toyota, but people still buys ferarri, right?</p><p>You didn't do anything wrong. Its supposed to be like that.</p>
Eh, all good, apart from severe lack of decent pictures, apart from one thing, the wrong flints do burn up the wick faster, from a bic they'll be too soft and swan ones bugger up the flint wheel, not sure if it's too hard or just not as soft, but it makes a difference, because the flint wheel is a certain roughness on different lighters the right flint will make it far more reliable. Also I did do a full 'ible on reflinting and rewicking zippos and a couple on tricks, originally I used swan extra long flints, these are a nuisance as they tend to jam the wheel... for longer flints, including zippo ones you actually don't tighten it all the way until the wheel's made a groove, smoothing the top of the flint and making it turn every time you strike it, instead of jamming.
<p>I got a few friends that save their old Bic lighters for me. When a Bic is out of fuel the flint is still over twice as long as a new Zippo or Ronson flint. I've got over 200 Ronson and Zippo lighters in my collection and every one has the old used Bic flint in them. They're free, work great, last longer, and don't corrode and get stuck in the lighter over time like the Ronson and Zippo ones do. Over 30 yrs of using them in hundreds of lighters in my collection &amp; never had a problem!</p>
...ok-here's the skinny on BIC'n yer Zip-flinnts only jam if ya use the runt BIC-or if you DO NOT trim flint to stock length-read as Ronson replacement(s) Ronsons can even absorb fluids (fuel)and turn to powder in flint tube.Bics proper trim'd and size last much longer than any other flint replace I've used-ever.
could you call it a lever?
<p> You could call it a <strong><em>duck</em></strong>, but that don't make it a <strong><em>duck</em></strong></p>
I don't see the point of using BIC flints in a Zippo. Around here a BIC lighter is $0.99. You say you can get 3 flints out of one. Zippo flints are $0.75 for 6. Also, I'm not sure, but the warranty might not cover you if you don't use Zippo flints.
<p> You don't buy a Bic to take out the flint, you take the flint out of dead bics. They last forever too, been using them for 30+ years &amp; never a problem..</p>
...funny man to buy Bic to put flint in Zippo-I only use flints from deceasedor found dead Bics-beats yer .99 and .75-I call it recycling...
Plus I've seen a lot of people say that they jam up the wheel and they all around don't work well.
it just what people do. everyone might have direct access to zippo flints,so they tear apart a bic lighter to get some.they dont work WELL,but they do the job for about 2 hours you should notice the difference
<p>so, is it or is it not okay to use ronsonol in your zippo? that part was worded strangely</p>
<p>&quot;Use only genuine Zippo fluid and flints for optimal performance in Zippo lighters. Ronson branded fluid, flints and wicks purchased in the U.S.A., Canada or Mexico can also be used.&quot;</p><p>reference: http://www.zippo.com/customercare/article.aspx?id=1785</p>
<p> You work for <strong>Zippo</strong> or sumthin?? (L0L)</p>
<p>Can't believe nobody said anything about this (At least I haven't noticed)<br><br>But you DON'T want to use other flints (like from bic lighters) on a zippo. It's not a terrible idea it's just that zippo flints are softer and create more of a spark, which makes it MUCH easier to light. Also it might make the zippo flint wheel smoother and although you can send it back to get a new insert it's going to ruin it.</p>
<p> I got a few friends that save their old Bic lighters for me. When a Bic is out of fuel the flint is still over twice as long as a new Zippo or Ronson flint. I've got over 200 Ronson and Zippo lighters in my collection and every one has the old used Bic flint in them. They're free, work great, last longer, and don't corrode and get stuck in the lighter over time like the Ronson and Zippo ones do. Over 30 yrs of using them in hundreds of lighters in my collection I can say you don't have a clue what you're talking about! Don't spit out bullshit you know nothin' about!</p>
<p>Very nice article. It seems you're really into the Zippo. I only wished you'd use bigger and better images to illustrate it. Only flaw I found. </p>
Soldier's life saved by a ZIPPO LIGHTER? Fact or Myth: https://youtu.be/rOzhxe5RK6I<br>Nice video.. <br>looks like it is very possible,and mind you in this video the second bullet hit the weakest point of the lighter..
<p>have to ask the soldier if it saved his life or not!</p>
<p>Not certain which countries the new ZIPPO collectors series is available in , but here is the link for anyone who is interested . </p><p>http://www.myzippocollection.com/ </p>
<p>I recently bought a pack of 4 rhino lighers (which are useless due to it's plastic parts in my opinion) but am wondering if I can use the fluid from the practically brand new rhino lighters to fill up my old zippo? </p>
I know this to be true because there was 1 entry and 1 exit hole in his cover and the entire front of the cover was shredded. The ar15's round was made to enter and bounce around the body causing as much damage as possible.<br>

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